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    Woeful shooting night hardly dents confidence of Phoenix rookie Matthew Wright

    Jan 8, 2017
    Matthew Wright took 29 attempts for Phoenix, making just 10. Jerome Ascano

    MATTHEW Wright continued to enjoy the license to shoot from coach Ariel Vanguardia as he fired away in Phoenix’s 97-82 loss to Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    The rookie forward took 29 attempts and made just 10 for a 34 percent from the field – but even so, it hardly dampened his confidence.

    “I believe I can make every shot,” Wright said. “Today, I missed a lot of uncharacteristic shots, but I can’t stop being aggressive because I missed some shots here and there.”

    “Maybe I forced a couple of shots,” he admitted. “But I just try my best, especially rebounding the ball, and trying to get my teammates involved.”

    “It’s just one of those days,” the 6-foot-4 Filipino-Canadian continued. “I felt like there was a lid on the rim today.”

    [See Rain or Shine subs Matias, Trollano make most of opportunity]

    Despite his poor shooting percentage, Wright still ended up with a game-high 26 points on top of 12 boards, five assists, and three steals in 38 minutes as a starter.

    “I’m just trying to score as much as possible to give us a chance every night,” said Wright, who came in as the top-scoring rookie with over 17 points per game. “If it comes out to be twenty, thirty, forty, or less than ten, it doesn’t matter as long as I’m efficient, which I wasn’t today.”

    “So you can chalk that loss to me,” he added. I’ll take the blame for that.”

    That’s because instead of gaining a piece of second spot, the Fuel Masters dropped to fifth spot in a tie with Blackwater.

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    “There’s nothing to be satisfied about,” Wright said. “We blew our chance to get to second place and now we’re in a dogfight the next three games.”

    “You don’t get a lot of opportunities like that especially when there’s only three or four games left,” he added. “Everyone’s so close together in the middle. I really wish we could have that game back.”

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    Matthew Wright took 29 attempts for Phoenix, making just 10. Jerome Ascano
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